What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of the study is to collect blood samples from healthy donors in order to refine and develop laboratory techniques to measure the number, size and function of Extracellular vesicles (EVs) in blood.
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are tiny particles shed from all cells and can be found in the blood. EVs are emerging as potential new biomarkers in a number of diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. They may also be potential targets for drug treatments.
How can you be involved?
You can help by donating a blood sample. Your blood will be used by the research team to develop robust methods to isolate and analyse EVs in blood and EVs produced by cells in the blood called platelets.
Who is eligible to participate in the study?
We are looking to recruit healthy adults (age range 18-65) with no diagnosed disease and no illnesses requiring long term medication.
You will need to make a single visit to the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition in the Dept of Food & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Reading.